Ancient Freedom is an interactive mural with augmented reality designed by Cedric Vise for the festival NEON 2017, in Norfolk Virginia Neon district. As a afrofuturism-inspired mural, the idea was to create an animated experience with AR, to expand the elements of the painting. In collaboration with Cedric Vise, my main role was to setup the app for AR, create the animated elements and implementing the final augmented version on site.
As my second collaboration with Cedric, I believe in the importance to merge street art and technology, expanding the sense and the status of the city through the visual//artistic experiences. At the same time, is different way to empower and explore the murals, giving to the visitors a second dimension of sensibility that goes beyond the 2D feelings.
The project uses a freemium application for AR (Aurasma), and the creation process took 3 weeks of discussion, creation of the animations, definition of the layers and effects to be implemented. The most complicated part was the study of the trigger (the mural image) to be used in the AR application, making sure all the angles were interactive.
My main goal in this intervention is to make people question the materiality of the environment and the status of the city. Projects like the Murals with AR merge dimensions of experience and in collective timeframe that interest me as an Art&Tech researcher. Is all about the dissolution of boundaries, the expansion of the limited, and working with elegance and simplicity, trying to approach different publics, different budgets, not only working in the development of complex tools, but learning how to create nice solutions and improve them with my own skills.